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Charles Dickens is the most celebrated English novelist of the 19th century. His books – including such classics as ‘Oliver Twist’, ‘David Copperfield’ and ‘Great Expectations’ – have inspired countless film and TV adaptations with great scores. But Dickens also has other connections with classical music.
Charles Dickens was a good friend of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s. Together they saw Gluck’s opera ‘Orfeo’ while in Paris. ‘He rushed about tremendously all the time and I was often with him,’ Sullivan said of Dickens. ‘His electric vitality was extreme, but it was inspiring and not overpowering.’
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